The Utah Compact was developed over several months by groups and individuals who were
concerned about the tone of Utah’s immigration discussion. The Compact is based on Utah
values and we urge our leaders to use these guiding principles as they address the complex
challenges associated with a broken national immigration system. The Compact has broad support
from community leaders, business associations, law enforcement officers and members of Utah’s
religious community. It is a simple document that expresses our values as community as they
relate to specific policy issues that have become central to the immigration discussion.
FEDERAL SOLUTIONS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries—not Utah and other countries. We urge Utah’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Utah.
LAW ENFORCEMENT We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.
FAMILIES Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Utah children.
ECONOMY Utah is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Utah’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.
A FREE SOCIETY Immigrants are integrated into communities across Utah. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.
Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber
David Golden, Wells Fargo
Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company
Mark Bouchard, CB Richard Ellis
Lori Chillingworth, Zions Bank
Spencer P. Eccles, Governor's Office of Economic Development
Ray Pickup, Workers Compensation Fund
Kent Gibson, Property Reserve, Inc.
Gordy Haycock, Grant Thorton
Carol Hunter, Rocky Mountain Power
Clark Ivory, Ivory Homes
Ron Jibson, Questar Corporation
Peggy Lander, Richter7
Brent Low, MediaOne
Molly Mazzolini, Infinite Scale Design Group
Andrea Moss, American Express Centurion Bank
Brett Okland, Okland Construction
Scott Parson, Staker & Parson Companies
Vasilios Priskos, InterNet Properties, Inc.
Kelly Sanders, Rio Tinto